In S4 Alan has asked to meet with the Careers Scotland adviser who sees him in the school careers base. He has now settled down to good academic progress after having some difficulties in S2.
See Social areas: Challenge and Support for learning: Discussion in this resource. The ongoing support of his guidance teacher, his therapist and his parents have helped him to resolve his worries about his stammer and in S4 he is beginning to consider his career options.
He plans to take his Highers and he is now being encouraged to research his options for university courses for when he leaves school. He is a very able student and is currently considering medical training after he completes his Highers.
Alan has the maturity and confidence to appreciate that as he stammers he may need extra time in an interview, whether it is eventually for medical school or some other course that he may wish to consider at a later stage. He is happy to disclose his stammer and has the confidence and ability to compete with other students at university entrance level. In this his school supports him.
The careers adviser will work with him as he considers all his options before making the final choice of university course.
It is a matter of choice for the school referee, ideally in discussion with the school leaver, whether to disclose any particular communication needs that the candidate may have.
The BSA would always advise that it is best for the member of staff doing the reference for employment, or courses in further or higher education, to talk with the pupil about disclosing the stammer, so that it may be presented in a positive light, for example indicating that speech and language therapy has enabled the student to develop good listening skills and empathy with other diverse needs.
Any extra time required for any interview should be formally mentioned. When there is no disclosure, the candidate who stammers cannot expect to have extra time for answers when a scheduled list of interviews involving other candidates has been arranged.
Changes to that at the last moment could be very inconvenient and may be seen as discriminatory by the other candidates.
When the pupil who stammers has been supported throughout his school career as Alan has been in this high school, it is much easier for the student to accept his stammering, if it arises, and manage it with confidence as Alan does.
There is no reason why having a stammer should be a barrier to success in a career for which the student has the appropriate level of ability See also Success stories in this resource.